Speaker Bio:
Warrant Officer (ret) Francis Bérubé


English & French

Speaking Topics:

Army, Reserves, Peacekeeping, Remembrance, United Nations, Careers, Operation

Warrant Officer (ret) Francis Bérubé joined the Canadian Armed Forces in Oct 1979 at age 16, with an Infantry Primary Reserve unit, The Fusiliers of St-Lawrence in Rimouski, QC.

WO (ret) Bérubé remained in the reserve for 5 years during which time he qualified on a multitude of courses and formations, one of them being Military Parachutist.

In May 1985, coming back from a major exercise in Norway, he transferred with the Regular Force and was posted to the Canadian Airborne Regiment as a paratrooper in Petawawa, ON.

In Jan 1992, he changed his trade and requalified in administration but remained in Petawawa until summer 1994. While he was in Petawawa, he successfully completed the Special Service Forces IRONMAN competition in ’92 and ’93.

In summer 1994, he was posted to Valcartier, QC and remained in the Quebec area until 2005. During these 11 years, he worked with different units, doing administration duties but also, recruiting. In summer 1996, he was deployed in Bosnia Herzegovina for NATO and then UN. In fall 1999, following a referendum in East Timor, he was deployed under the Article 7 of the United Nations – Peacemaking, with 19 other countries.

From 2005 to 2008, he worked in the Minister of National defence office and the National Defence Command Centre. In 2008, he transferred with the Primary reserve and was involved with operation and training planning until end of 2015.

He recently returned to Ottawa to work with the Military Personal Command Headquarters as an Operation and Training Warrant Officer.

WO (ret) Bérubé and his spouse have been together for over 20 years. He has three children, two boys (15 and 17) and a daughter (29), a Spanish Cat and a Mountain Burmese Theo.

WO (ret) Bérubé loves reading, fishing, training and woodworking.

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